Bridging the Gap

The Mark Todd Bridging the Gap (MTBTG) training series, in association with Keyflow, has been designed specifically for those aiming at Advanced or 3* level, and those working towards a more established 4* level. The series ultimately aims to ‘Bridge the Gap’ between under 21s/Young Riders and World Class, providing high level coaching support. The series also includes a scholarship which gives one talented rider a fantastic prize bundle from the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow, including world class training with Sir Mark Todd.

Course Walks

Throughout the season, MTBTG riders can look forwards to free on-event support in the form of cross-country course walks and coaching support from our highly qualified coaches. For more information including dates and events, you can contact Gill Watson (07860 533357) or Lizzel Winter (07974 010436).

MTBTG Scholarship

As an extension to the MTBTG series, British Eventing has teamed up with the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds to provide an amazing sponsorship and support package for one talented rider.





All riders that take part in one or more of the ridden MTBTG training sessions are eligible to apply for the MTBTG Scholarship. In this exciting initiative, the winning applicant will receive the following sponsorship and support package for the subsequent eventing season:

  • Three individual training sessions as well as mentoring from the legendary Sir Mark Todd
  • A year’s worth of Mark Todd Keyflow feed for one horse to the value of £1500, plus nutritional advice
  • Clothing, tack and horse-wear from the Mark Todd Collection to the value of £1500

We are looking for someone who is working hard to fulfil their competitive ambitions but who perhaps lacks the resources to access world class training and support. Sir Mark Todd will work with MTBTG coaches Gill Watson and Lizzel Winter to select the winner, along with representatives from Keyflow Feeds and the Mark Todd Collection.

For more information on the scholarship including how to apply, please contact

Past Winners

Year Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place
2018 Laura Schroter Alycia Port Melissa Joannides
2017 Alicia Hawker Pauliina Swindells Nicky Hill
2016 Alex Whewall Alicia Hawker Rose Carnegie
2015 Tim Cheffings Mary Edmundson Sam Dempsey
2014 Zoe Wilkinson Kat Raybould Tyler Cassells
2013 Franky Reid-Warrilow Loretta Joynson  


About our MTBTG Coaches

Gill Watson MBE FBHS

Tel: 07860 533357

Gill is the world's most successful trainer of young event riders. Under her leadership the British Juniors and Young Riders have accumulated more than 90 European Championship team and individual medals, including 38 golds. In addition to her skills as a trainer, Gill is a former Burghley winner, is a British Dressage List 3A dressage judge, is on the FEI judges list, is a Fellow of the British Horse Society and has received an MBE in recognition of services to the sport. Gill has also received a number of awards for her services, including the BE Trainers and Millennium Awards as well as the Sports Coach UK Mussabini Medal from The National Coaching Foundation, which recognises UK coaches who have achieved outstanding success at world class level.

Lizzel Winter FBHS

Tel: 07974 010436

Lizzel Winter is a Fellow of the British Horse Society and plays a pivotal role in rider and coach development within the sport of eventing. Lizzel is also a BHS Assessor at all levels, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and a qualified coach educator. Lizzel has also competed at the highest level of eventing, Grand Prix dressage and has show jumped internationally. Lizzel was eventing GB Junior Team Coach from 2005 to 2010 alongside Gill Watson, and is currently the Portuguese eventing Under 21 and Under 18 team coach and the Senior eventing team coach for Finland. Lizzel is a listed national dressage judge and the director of Hartpury Elite Equine Academy, as well as overseeing with her husband Eric a busy competition, livery and training yard in Monmouthshire.


Cover photo and videos courtesy of the Mark Todd Collection.

Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Videos

Title Sponsor

2018 Scholarship winner

Associate Sponsor

Training Contact

If you have a question about any aspects of our training, you can contact the Head Office Training and Education Team on or 02476 698866.

If you have a question about training in your local area, you can get in touch with the Regional Development Officer or Under 18 Regional Contact in your region.